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Will Ashenmacher, Published January 04 2014

Former Minneapolis mayor suffers heart attack

MINNEAPOLIS – Leave it to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to provide an update on Twitter about his own heart attack and hospitalization.

And to do it in the form of a poem, no less.

Rybak suffered a “serious heart attack” Saturday afternoon after skiing nearly eight miles at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, his former spokesman John Stiles said. He was transported to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents.

But by 3:30 p.m., Rybak was well enough to tweet: “My cardiac surprise/ Gave me quite a start/ But it proves this politician/ Has a great big heart.”

Stiles said Rybak was in good spirits following the surgery.

After cross-country skiing by himself, Rybak was in the park’s parking lot when he became short of breath and began having chest pains, Stiles said. He called his wife to let her know and then saw some friends, who called 911. Rybak was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was hospitalized at about 1 p.m., according to Allina Health spokesman Tim Burke.

Rybak followed his Twitter poem with: “By the way the ski trails at Wirth are awesome today.”

Rybak was resting comfortably late Saturday afternoon, Stiles said. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.

Stiles said this was Rybak’s first heart attack and that his family has a history of heart problems on his father’s side.

“He’s one of the fittest people in their late 50s that you’ll ever meet,” he said.

No other information was expected to be released from the hospital Saturday.